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Educating the Young

The Ethics of Care

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Edited By Jeanne Adèle Kentel

This collection of essays initiates a conversation about the educational interests of the young and considers the potential for pedagogical transformation. Organized into three parts, dealing with the pedagogy of care, child honouring and telling children the truth, respectively, the volume engages with some of the key ethical challenges involved in educating young people. Through the diverse perspectives and approaches of sixteen authors, the book examines conflicting educational ideologies through a critical pedagogical lens. These authors consider poetic, aesthetic, inspiring, historical, political and ethical ways of both educating and being educated by the young. The volume aims to provoke further thought and debate among those who wish to consider the complex nature of educating the young with honesty, honour and care.

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Kathy Sanford and Tim Hopper Troubling Schooling: Child to Child in the Ethics of Connection and Caring in Institutional Education 21

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Kathy Sanford and Tim Hopper Troubling Schooling: Child to Child in the Ethics of Connection and Caring in Institutional Education In 2003, we developed a Children’s Global Arts project (Hopper 2005; Sanford and Hopper 2006) called Learning and the World We Want; the intent was to enable children from Canada to connect with children from other parts of the world through their own artwork. Children were asked to depict artistically the world they wanted to live in, and their art- work was shared across borders with other children in Canada, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As you can imagine, the drawings were vastly dif ferent from one country to another; children learned about each other through the images and visual stories they shared across borders and boundaries. As the project grew, we shared some of the artwork with children in other Canadian cities. On one occasion, we brought a number of original pieces of art to an elementary school, and laid them out all over the tables in the school library. Groups of children were brought into the library to view the artwork and discuss what they saw with guidance from their teachers. One young boy saw a picture of a tank and soldiers with guns shooting at people, including depictions of women and children running away. ‘Ahh, cool,’ was his response, ‘Look at that guy with a bayonet stuck in him! Look at the blood! It’s like Rambo.’ Some of the pieces of art had been labelled by the original...

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